Dr. Milica Pejovic Milovancevic
Serbia, Secretary of the Section
Chair: Dimitris Anagnostopoulos, Greece
Section for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry recently had two important activities in Russian Federation. During 2nd Eastern European Psychiatric Congress which took place in Moscow, Russian Federation in October 27-30, 2009 the Section organized a symposium on issues of special interest on child psychiatry. Five presenters from Greece, Cyprus, Russian Federation and Serbia presented work in following topics: migration and child psychopathology, internet use in child psychiatry, ethical aspects of the everyday child psychiatry practice and treatment of ADHD and comorbid disorders as a pathway towards psychosocial prevention. Discussion followed presentations focused on the importance for empowering work on further development of communication and support among developed and developing countries in relevant issues concerning child and adolescent mental health.
Members of Section were pleased to be invited by colleagues professor Evgeny Koren and Dr Tatiana Kuprignova from Moscow Research Institute of Psychiatry to visit Child & Adolescent Mental Health Department. We were pleased with facilities, hospitality and readiness of colleagues to share with us their experience in work, problems facing on every day work and willingness for future cooperation with the Section. The state of the art in child and adolescent mental health is characterized by a variety of challenges in diagnosis, aetiology, pathogenesis and management of mental diseases as well as challenges regarding hot issues like reorganization of psychiatric services towards community direction. Colleagues share with us the consequences of the transition in the country from the former socialist system. Section is planning to start more active collaboration with Russian’s mental health care professionals, and collaboration should be achieved with respect for expertise.